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Perkins Coie
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Headquarters Seattle (Washington)
Number of Offices 19
Number of attorneys 1,004
Practice Areas General practice
Perkins Coie Pay Scale
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Perkins Coie is an international law firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington and founded in 1912.


Perkins Coie is an international law firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington and is the oldest and largest law firm headquartered in the Pacific Northwest and has a total of 19 offices across the United States and Asia.

Additionally, Chambers regularly ranks Perkins Coie's Political Law practice first in the United States.[1] The firm is counsel of record for the Democratic National Committee, and other political clients include nearly all Democratic members of the United States Congress, as well as several presidential campaigns, including those of John Kerry and Barack Obama. In 2009, President Obama appointed Robert Bauer, the chair of the firm's Political Law practice, to become his White House Counsel. Bauer returned to private practice with Perkins Coie in 2011. In 2015, Hillary Clinton named Marc Elias as general counsel to her campaign.[2]

Living alumni of the firm include the 16th Lieutenant Governor of Washington Cyrus Habib, former Attorney General of Washington State Rob McKenna, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Margaret McKeown and Ronald M. Gould, and Oregon State Representative Chris Garrett.

The firm was founded in 1912 and has represented the Boeing Company since the founding of the aerospace company in 1916. Other clients include Microsoft,, Starbucks, Costco, Craigslist, Google, Facebook, Intel, Twitter, AT&T, Zillow, REI, Intellectual Ventures, UPS, Barack Obama, Expedia, Safeco, T-Mobile, Dale Chihuly, Quora and Nintendo.

Perkins Coie also serves as counsel of record for the Democratic Party and its candidates; its political law group was for many years headed by campaign lawyer Bob Bauer,[3] and is now chaired by Marc Elias.[2] Perkins Coie represented John Kerry's presidential campaign and the Presidential campaign of Barack Obama, and continues to represent President Obama. The firm represented Christine Gregoire in the prolonged litigation surrounding her 2004 Washington gubernatorial election, and a team of Perkins lawyers headed by Marc Elias successfully represented Al Franken in his legal battle over the 2008 Senatorial election in Minnesota.[4] The firm also represents the Democratic Leadership Council, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

In 2006, Perkins Coie, led by partner Harry Schneider, represented Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the alleged driver and bodyguard of Osama Bin Laden. The case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld,[5] in which the Court ruled that the Bush Administration's use of military commissions to try terrorism suspects was unconstitutional.[6]

Perkins worked in the Doe v. Reed case concerning petition signatures in state ballot initiative campaigns, which was argued successfully before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28, 2010.[7]


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